Wednesday, April 29, 2015

March 30, 2015 Buy a one dollar tag and get a free frosty junior with every purchase for a year? Hmm....

Really cool about New York:  the super old church castles

Apparently there are more dead people in queens than live-uns

I still am trying to figure out if buying six frosty cards at Wendy's was one of the best things that's ever happened to me or one of the worst decisions our companionship ever made.  Frosty cards are how Wendy's is trying to take out the tobacco companies. A free frosty junior with every purchase seems benign, but it doesn't stop there.  Before you know it, you're stopping by Wendy's to buy some fries for $1.08 and get six free frosty juniors.  If you are going to let yourself fall into that trap, I would recommend keeping it at one frosty card per person.

We picked up two new investigators this week, Miguel and Manuel.  Manuel is the brother of a less active member, Carmen (who we are making progress with and came to church the last two weeks). A while ago we had just returned home from an appointment with Carmen when she called us and said she wanted us to come back. So we drove back and Manuel answered the door and gave us a big bag of bread (he works at a bakery) and said he wanted to hear our lessons.  We've struggled getting an appointment but we finally got a first lesson and a return appointment. He is a really nice guy, though I don't know much about him yet. Miguel is the son of Concepción.  Concepción is a member, although has been inactive and now is living with Yovani who is investigating. They both want to come back and are doing well except they aren't married and Concepción can't get divorce papers right now for her husband. Miguel is a former investigator, he was dropped because he wasn't interested, but he came to church a couple times on his own (Concepción doesn't make her kids come to church) and we got an appointment with him.  We got him to open up and had a good lesson. We will meet with home again tonight.

We also had a really good lesson with Anthony and Christian. We were planning on talking about the law of tithing, but then we found out from the sisters that he just got a girlfriend.  At weekly planning on Thursday we pulled an emergency maneuver and switched some things around.  "Law of Chastity?" "You're not down."  "Oh I'm down". Well, we walked in there with Book of Mormon in one hand and the chastity pamphlet in the other ready to lay down the law, but we met some unexpected technical difficulties.  Anthony's girl, Antonet was there.  We had a mini crisis for about two seconds and then went right ahead guns blazing.  It turned out to be a great lesson. They gave us great feedback and were very willing to commit to live it - all three of them.  So I guess the mission hasn't ended all pursuits of living on the edge.... nowadays it's just embodied in teaching the law of chastity to an investigators first lesson.  Another cool development this week is that the new Easter video is out! Our goal as a mission is to show it in person to ten thousand people.  I invite everyone to participate in the social media campaign and make a goal to share the video with one other person. I've seen it a lot and still am learning new things when I watch it - pay attention to the details.  I testify that Christ is our living savior and that his arms are extended to us.  He invites us to come unto him, to repent and keep his commandments and take the grace that he is offering us, and I do that in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Some Albanians cut our hair and this is their interpretation of  "conservative professional"

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